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Lena M. Smith

November 23, 1933 — November 11, 2023

Battle Creek

Lena M. Smith



Lena M. Smith, beloved mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home on November 11, 2023. Born on November 23, 1933, in Dayton, Tennessee, Lena was the daughter of Robert Henderson and Stella Thurman.


During her remarkable life, Lena dedicated 34 years of service to Interbake Foods cookie factory. She worked tirelessly in various positions, from packaging to sanitation, leaving an indelible mark on her colleagues and the company. Her commitment to excellence and strong work ethic earned her the respect and admiration of all who had the pleasure of working alongside her.


Outside of work, Lena found joy in a multitude of hobbies and interests. Gardening was her passion, particularly tending to her cherished rose garden. She also enjoyed leisurely walks in nature, browsing through thrift stores for unique finds, and spending quality time with her beloved grandchildren. Lena's talents extended to the kitchen as well, where she delighted her loved ones with her delicious baked goods.


She is survived by her loving daughters Gloria Smith of Battle Creek, Lisa (Dale) Dove of Springfield, MI , Denise Phillips of Battle Creek and son George Smith Jr. of Battle Creek; numerous grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Lena's kindness and warmth will be dearly missed by all who knew her.


Lena was preceded in death by her father Robert Henderson, mother Stella Thurman, husband George Smith Sr. sister Eulah Hall, sister Buelah Rothwell, brother J.U. Henderson, sister Lula Williams, sister Elsie Henderson, brother Charles Henderson, sister Virginia McBride and grandson Zachary Phillips.


A visitation will be held on November 17th at the Richard A Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Michigan from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


Lena M. Smith's dedication to both her work and family leaves behind a legacy of hard work and unconditional love. She will forever be remembered as a compassionate, dedicated individual who touched the lives of many.

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